Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Jun 19, 2014

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

by Mami Maruko

Japan’s economy may be picking up, but the outlook remains bleak for an often forgotten group of people: the roughly 150,000 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture. Living in temporary accommodations, these individuals and families were either residents in the 30-km mandatory evacuation zone or those ...

May 28, 2014

Shimane strikes evacuation deal with neighbors

The Shimane Prefectural Government on Wednesday agreed with two neighboring prefectures to cooperate on the evacuation of residents in the event of a nuclear accident in the area. The deals aim to secure the safe evacuation of about 396,000 residents of four Shimane cities ...

May 4, 2014

Only 27 residents return to Miyakoji

Only 27 evacuees from the Miyakoji district in the radiation-tainted city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have returned to their homes since the district’s evacuation advisory was lifted on April 1, it has been learned. The Tamura Municipal Government had expected 90 residents from 27 ...

Late report on radiation irks Tamura

Apr 20, 2014

Late report on radiation irks Tamura

Belated government estimates released Friday of radiation doses that residents would face if they returned to their homes near the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have raised concern that an evacuation order was lifted too early. For one area in the village of ...

267,000 still evacuees three years on

Mar 10, 2014

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search coastal ...

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

Dec 18, 2013

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

The occupants of the last evacuation center for people displaced by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis will find new homes by the end of this year, the mayor of an evacuated town in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday. “We will step forward ...

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

| Dec 15, 2013

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

A private high school in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, will close for good at the end of March because the nuclear disaster has decimated enrollment, school officials said. Shoei High School, founded in 1957, will be the first in the prefecture to close its doors ...

Many evacuees still in temp housing

Dec 4, 2013

Many evacuees still in temp housing

The occupancy rate for makeshift housing units set up after the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami is still at more than 85 percent in the three hardest-hit prefectures, 1,000 days since the twin disasters struck.